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November 20, 2013

JOSESITO LOPEZ TO FACE MIKE ARNAOUTIS

Press Release: Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes will wrap up its 2013 schedule on Friday, Dec. 13th at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The main event features the return of welterweight Josesito Lopez against "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis, and in the co-feature bout, Mexico's Francisco Vargas and Texas' Jerry Belmontes face off at 130 pounds.

Riverside, California's Josesito Lopez (30-6, 18 KOs) has a signature victory over Victor Ortiz, as well as one over Mike Dallas Jr. A former junior middleweight world title challenger, the 29-year-old returned to welterweight in June and engaged in a Fight of the Year candidate, losing to Marcos Maidana.

A former junior welterweight, who has stepped into the ring with the likes of world 140-pound champion Danny Garcia, Victor Ortiz, Ricardo Torres and Delvin Rodriguez, the Queens, New York native "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis (24-9-1, 11 KO's), is a seasoned veteran [who las lost six of his last eight bouts]. Undaunted by the task ahead of him, the 34-year-old Arnaoutis is excited for the opportunity to face Lopez this December and prove he has what it takes to face the best.

2008 Mexican Olympian Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas (17-0-1, 14 KO's) has enjoyed a run through the 130-pound weight class since turning pro in 2010, with 2013 wins over Ira Terry, Cristian Arrazola and Brandon Bennett. The 28-year-old from Mexico City has to hold off a stiff challenge from Jerry Belmontes.

One of the most popular fighters representing Texas today, Jerry "The Corpus Christi Kid" Belmontes (18-2, 5 KO's) has been nearly unstoppable in his home state, winning 12 of 13 bouts there. On December 13, the 24-year-old fights in California for the first time since 2009 and he plans on spoiling Vargas' unbeaten record and taking two title belts back to the Lone Star State.

"It's great to be back in the ring, especially in front of my Southern California fans," said Lopez. Arnaoutis is a tough guy and I know he's going to give me a fight, but that's what I'm looking forward to."

"Josesito Lopez is a true warrior and with our styles, this is going to be a fight no one will forget," said Arnaoutis. "I can't wait for the first bell to ring and I'm not going to stop swinging until my hand is raised."

"This is a big fight for me and I'm expecting a tough challenge from Belmontes," said Vargas. "He's a hungry prospect, but I won't let him make his name off of me."

"Vargas is a talented opponent and I know he's hungry to win this fight, but I don't think any fighter is hungrier than me now," said Belmontes. "I want to end the year with a big win and start chasing down even bigger names in 2014."

Tickets are on sale now at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com



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